My parents and grandparents used to say something like "Pippi Agire" which supposedly meant "Hurry up." I cannot find a reference to it anywhere. Does the word (or such combination of words) exist? Or is it made up? Thank you.
It's quite likely to be a local pronunciation of per piacere, which literally means “please”, but may be used to exhort one to do something.
As Charo remarks, the not-too-different Sicilian version pi piaciri is often found in Andrea Camilleri's books.
I can make some guess:
- Pippi is the nick from your name (your name is probably Philippe - - > Filippo in Italian - - > "Pippo" is the nick for Filippo)
- "Agire" means "act"... if you didn't speak Italian at that time, it could be they were using an Italian term (I. e." agire") that in their opinion you would understand
they were basically saying "Phil, hurry up".
I'm not really sure about "agire". It sounds like a dialect term I can't really get the meaning of. However I'm pretty sure that it's general meaning was "hurry up" or "let's go".